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Derek Chauvin trial live: In closing arguments, prosecutor calls Chauvin's actions 'a shocking abuse of police power'

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MINNEAPOLIS — Attorneys for the prosecution and defense in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, charged in George Floyd’s death, are presenting their closing arguments Monday.

“George Floyd’s final words on May 25, 2020, were: ‘Please, I can’t breathe.’ He asked for help with his very last breath,” prosecutor Steve Schleicher said in his closing argument for the state. “This was a call about a counterfeit $20 bill. All that was required was compassion.”

The attorneys were summarizing their respective evidence and witness testimony, trying to focus jurors on the most important elements and what they argue those elements proved. The prosecution rested its case last week after calling 38 witnesses and playing dozens of video clips over the course of 11 days. The defense rested Thursday after calling seven witnesses over two days.



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